The Finer Things - The State Champs
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13

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  1. Nov 4, 2013
    I think people should be wary of the limited number of reviews for this record, especially as they originate from sources that more or less concentrate on the genre to which 'The Finer Things' belongs.

    The album is a competent exercise in the lighter side of what is called "punk" these days. That means it's well played, well sung and rather dull. It lacks imagination, inspiration and
    above all, passion. Any one of a hundred groups in this genre could have produced this record, so much is it an identikit release.

    All the pieces you'd expect are there; compressed riffing guitars, sprightly drumming in fairly fast rhythms, bass almost non-existent and pretty much unnecessary, obvious speed changes, somewhat whiny vocals...but nothing to engage your mind or heart. If you want to know what really good pop-punk should be, try the very old albums by the or, even better, their early singles.
  2. Nov 2, 2013
    I don't understand metacritic and music critics anymore. I listened to a few minutes of this and it's horrible, horrible sounding stuff, like a revival of Simple Plan or Sum 41 or some crap like that. Ugh.
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    Kerrang! Ha Ha.100? Okay. Look at the reviewers (professional) for this album. The only reviewers are one's who cater to this genre and music crowd and depend on getting pre-release albums to review. Of course, they're gonna rate it higher than it should be. But this is preposterous. This album is awful. But, I could only make it through four songs, so maybe it's backloaded with gems.
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    An album that was certainly needed for this generation. It is a revolution in today's music and brings back some of the sounds of the early-mid 2000s. While much of what qrobur said was very accurate, I will add the fact that this album is quite pop-oriented, which means it can be enjoyed by the masses, but it has this modern "punk" feel which any Kerrang! readers or just really fans of pop-punk should definitely enjoy. All in all a great debut. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 60
    They had a pop-punk grit and an edgier take on their 2012 release but The Finer Things just falls short of the potential that State Champs should be exploiting by now.
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    The entire effort is catchy, feel-good and quite simply, pop-punk at its finest. [12 Oct 2013, p.52]
  3. Oct 30, 2013
    While The Finer Things may be fashionably late for this summer, it’ll sure as hell hold you over to the next one.